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Week's North American January rail freight up 6.2pc on last year

NORTH American rail freight volume for the week ending January 19 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 361,884 carloads, up seven per cent year on year, and 372,881 intermodal units, up 6

Week's North American January rail freight up 6.2pc on last year

NORTH American rail freight volume for the week ending January 19 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 361,884 carloads, up seven per cent year on year, and 372,881 intermodal units, up 6

28 January 2019 - 19:00

NORTH American rail freight volume for the week ending January 19 on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railways totalled 361,884 carloads, up seven per cent year on year, and 372,881 intermodal units, up 6.2 per cent.

Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 734,765 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.6 per cent, according to the Association of American Railroads (R).



North American rail volume for the first three weeks of 2019 was 2,080,658 carloads and intermodal units, up seven per cent year on year. For this week, total US weekly rail traffic was 543,111 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.9 per cent year on year.



Total carloads for the week ending January 19 were 258,833 carloads, up 7.4 per cent compared with the same week in 2018, while US weekly intermodal volume was 284,278 containers and trailers, up 6.5 per cent compared to 2018.



For the first three weeks of 2019, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 746,832 carloads, up 8.1 per cent from the same point last year; and 787,509 intermodal units, up 5.7 per cent from last year.



Total combined US traffic for the first three weeks of 2019 was 1,534,341 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 6.9 per cent compared to last year.



Canadian railways reported 84,670 carloads for the week, up 10.6 per cent, and 71,008 intermodal units, up 8.8 per cent compared with the same week in 2018.



For the first three weeks of 2019, Canadian railways reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 443,416 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.1 per cent.



Mexican railroads reported 18,381 carloads for the week, down 10.7 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 17,595 intermodal units, down 5.9 per cent.



Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first three weeks of 2019 was 102,901 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 5.3 per cent from the same point last year.



Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They included coal, up 5,554 carloads, to 87,906; non-metallic minerals, up 3,614 carloads, to 29,994; and petroleum and petroleum products, up 3,151 carloads, to 13,710.



Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 were grain, down 415 carloads, to 22,913; and farm products excluding grain, and food, down 370 carloads, to 15,357.


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